I survived the interview with Pastor Andy at First UMC Lewisville a couple of weeks ago.
Actually, I knew I would survive. Andy is a dear friend and would never lead me astray. Plus I have an incredible support team. And in each of the three services, there were friendly faces in the pews.
Kathy and Scott, Kris and Maddie at the first service.
Andy's family at the second service.
Katrina, the whole Amezcua clan, Chelsea and Neil at the third.
During the interview, Andy walked me through 10 questions related to life before cancer, life during and life after. I spoke about (or tried to remember to speak about) our storybook life before that December 2007 MRI, about my fears of becoming a single mom, about the life-sustaining network that supported us, about the people placed in our lives who eased our burdens, about not being angry at God, about hymns and Scripture that provide strength greater than grande soy lattes.
After each service, there were kind folks who stopped by to give me a hug or share their own stories. A few are even fans of my column. (That's always a little odd to me, because in my mind there are about 100 people, all of them my friends, who read my column.)
I met a woman in the restroom who thanked me for sharing my story and then broke down in tears because she had lost her own dear husband last April. We held hands for a few moments.
A young man asked for advice for his mom, who struggles daily with grief and can't seem to "move on."
A woman whose husband is a cancer survivor told me that she could relate to our story, even though their story has a different ending.
I'm not sure when, if ever, I'll listen to the interview, but if you'd like to, you can find it here or download it here. (From the third service, I believe.)